About Us
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Welcome to Paws at Prospect Veterinary Clinic

Your local, independently-owned practice.

We provide a genuinely caring service based on honest advice from experienced vets.

We offer continuity of care and a smaller, more intimate experience for you and your pet, with a fear-free design to make the experience as pleasurable as possible. Our experienced and passionate veterinarians offer longer-than-average consultation time for great value.

Our Aim

To provide a realistic, ethical, and professional veterinary service from an enthusiastic, honest, experienced, and progressive team you can trust.

Our Mission

To maintain the independent and honest local veterinary feel by providing a friendly service with a high standard of care for your pet’s medical and surgical needs.

What We Offer

Experienced, honest, down-to-earth advice on diagnosis, treatment, and general surgery for all your pet’s veterinary health. We also offer an advanced level of care in ophthalmology and eye disease with the ability for advanced ocular medical diagnosis and microsurgery.

What We Do

We will provide good continuity of care with experienced passionate vets supplying a longer than average consult time and great value.

We can ensure an extremely high level of ocular care through our dedicated ophthalmic service providing prompt and efficient services.

Our aim is to have a friendly and professional service with a high standard of care for your pet’s medical and surgical needs.

The Clinic

In 2023, we completed over ten months of major renovations to create a whole new facility and experience. Our new layout was architecturally designed to incorporate the existing building features whilst maximising space and providing an enjoyable flow from room to room.

The upgrade included:

  • Moving the reception entry to the back of the clinic with direct access straight from the car park
  • A larger reception and waiting room
  • Designated waiting sections for dogs and cats, including a ‘Cat Lounge’
  • Separate hospital wards for cats and dogs
  • Increased our consulting rooms from one to three
  • One surgery theatre became two
  • A new car park and garden area
  • Wheelchair accessibility
Isobel, Jen and Kevin at Paws at Prospect Vet
Isobel, Jen and Kevin at Paws at Prospect Vet
Isobel, Jen and Kevin at Paws at Prospect Vet
Isobel, Jen and Kevin at Paws at Prospect Vet
Isobel, Jen and Kevin at Paws at Prospect Vet
Isobel, Jen and Kevin at Paws at Prospect Vet

The Team

Dr Gavin Newman, MA (Cantab) VetMB CertVOphthal

Welcome! thanks for visiting the website.

Following graduation from Cambridge University, I have now spent over 25 years as a practicing vet, covering all facets of veterinary medicine, including a 3-year stint in large animal medicine in the Yorkshire Dales (James Herriot Country!). Since then, small animal practice has taken me all over the world, working with veterinary colleagues—both specialists and those with special interests in dermatology, small animal medicine, orthopaedic surgery, and ophthalmology—in small animal practices in London, Yorkshire, and Sydney, treating all manner of species from Russian Hamsters to Highland Cattle!

My particular special interest is Ophthalmology (please see the Eyes page) which has allowed me the privilege of lecturing on ophthalmic topics to the next generation of vets at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

I am over the moon to be in Prospect and to have the opportunity to use all my veterinary skills and experience to provide a progressive and quality veterinary service for all your pets’ needs. I welcome each and every pet and their person to Paws at Prospect Vet.

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Dr Daniel van Geuns, Veterinary Surgeon BVSc

Daniel developed a love for animals early in life as he grew up on a hobby farm surrounded by animals of all sorts. Daniel’s father is also a veterinarian, and he remembers spending many afternoons watching his Dad at work.

Daniel graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005. He then spent a year working for his father in his hometown, Toowoomba, before heading off to England for a year. He moved to Adelaide in 2011 and has been working here ever since. During this time, he has continued developing his skills across the board in small animal practice.

In 2021, he completed an ‘Ophthalmology in Small Animal Practice’ course from Massey University. Building on this, in 2023, he commenced his studies in ‘Small Animal Ophthalmology’ to earn his GPCert in Small Animal Ophthalmology postgraduate qualification.

Daniel and his wife are very pleased to call Adelaide home.

Dr Jennifer Philbey, Veterinary Surgeon BVetMed MANZCVS

We are so delighted that Jen joined us in February 2023. Her wealth of knowledge and experience has been a great addition to our veterinary team. On top of her general practice experience, Jen also has a post-graduate membership in Emergency and Critical Care.

Jen gained her veterinary qualifications in 2008 after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in London. Following this, she moved to Darwin and spent six years developing her skills in small animal medicine and surgery whilst adjusting to the tropical climate.

In 2014, she moved to Adelaide and pursued her passion for veterinary emergency and critical care. She undertook further study to gain post-graduate qualifications in the field.

Jen also worked at the University of Adelaide for several years, where she thoroughly enjoyed teaching future veterinary students.

Her special interests are emergency and critical care, surgery and pain management.

She has a fairly chaotic household with two young children, one dog, three cats, a bearded dragon, two horses and an endlessly patient husband.

Dr Richard Duffield, Veterinary Surgeon BSc (Vet.Bioscience) DVM

Richard was born and raised in Adelaide, making him our only veterinarian who is a native! His passion for animals led him to pursue veterinary medicine at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 2015. Since then, he’s honed his skills while working in small animal practices in Adelaide.

We were fortunate to welcome Richard to Paws at Prospect in 2024. He has spent time with us before, as a locum veterinarian in 2022. We’re thrilled to have him on board as a permanent team member.

He is passionate about small animal medicine and freshwater and marine aquarium fish.

Outside of work, Richard enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends or tinkering away on a vintage car restoration project. Richard and his young family share a home with a menagerie of companions. Stella, the loyal Labrador, keeps him company alongside Mittens the cat. Their lively crew also includes a rabbit, chickens, an array of tropical fish, and even a beehive!

Nicole, Veterinary Nurse

Nicole has been a Veterinary Nurse for nearly 15 years and has a diverse nursing background, having worked in the outback, along the coast, and around the city. She graduated from TAFE in 2015 to gain her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Nicole now spends most of her time in a management role at Paws at Prospect Vet, but she still enjoys cuddling patients in the waiting room.

At home, Nicole has a much-loved budgie called Teddy.

Tegan, Veterinary Nurse

Tegan’s love of animals came from growing up on her family farm.

She first started nursing in 2012 and has worked in both general and speciality practices, gaining her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2014.

In her spare time Tegan enjoys spending time with her husband and their young children. Her family also includes an energetic Border Collie, Ellie.

Isobel, Veterinary Nurse & Puppy School Coordinator

Isobel graduated from TAFE with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the end of 2019 and has been with us ever since. She is an AVNAT registered nurse and is currently working towards completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

Isobel’s passion is surgical nursing and anesthesia.

She is also our Puppy School Coordinator who organises and assists in our classes.

Isobel has two dogs, Polly and Bear and in her free time she can be found forcing people to look at photos of them.

Lindsay, Veterinary Nurse

Lindsay has been a nurse for over 12 years with her Veterinary Nurse Certificate IV qualification. She has enjoyed working in both general and speciality practices as well as city and rural practices.

Her favourite part of the job is nursing hospital patients and being a part of orthopaedic surgeries.

At home she is kept busy looking after her young son, rescue kelpie, golden retriever, two horses and a cat.

Diandra, Veterinary Nurse

Diandra is an AVNAT registered veterinary nurse and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through TAFE SA in 2012 and has been working in the veterinary industry since. She has experience in general practice, animal shelter medicine as well as working in a large veterinary hospital.

She has a passion for animal behaviour and low-stress handling. As well as a special interest in exotic pets, anaesthesia and orthopedic surgery. Diandra is passionate about all animals and is focused on ensuring she can provide the most up-to-date standards of care as well as advocating for their needs by giving them the time and space to reduce their stress when visiting the vet clinic.

She spends her spare time fostering animals in need, scuba diving, rock climbing and caring for her senior Kelpie cross named Eli.


mimi, Veterinary Nurse

Mimi completed her studies in 2015 to earn her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Throughout her career, Mimi has had the opportunity to work in various settings, including emergency medicine, animal shelters, and general practice. Mimi’s love for animals knows no bounds, but her heart mainly belongs to cats and rabbits.

In addition to her impressive nursing skills, Mimi is also multilingual. She is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin and is currently learning Italian!

Outside of work, her passions are travelling and shopping—ideally at the same time.

Krystal, Veterinary Nurse

Krystal has always loved animals after growing up with various pets; from native birds to horses to rabbits.

She completed a Diploma of Animal Technology in 2015 and eventually turned that love of animals into a career when she began nursing in 2016 and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2020.

At home she has a Netherlands Dwarf X rabbit called Yuki Buns, two tortoiseshell cats called Miku and Suzu, a Maltese called Akira, and the latest addition is a Lowchen called Chai.

Lisa, Trainee Veterinary Nurse

In her former life, Lisa was actually a chef! However, she decided to change careers to follow her passion and love for animals.

Lisa has studied Certificate II in Animal Studies and is currently completing Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

She has two Labradors, named Layla and Rocco. In her leisure time she likes to go camping, take her dogs to the beach and she also enjoys being a mum to her two kids.

Brooke, Veterinary Nurse

Brooke has always had a huge passion for all animals – great and small. She wanted to incorporate them into her work life as much as her home life!

Brooke started with us as a trainee veterinary nurse while she studied her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She graduated in December 2023. Prior to this, she completed the Certificate II and Certificate III in Animal Studies, as well as EA Introductory to Horse Care and Management Certificate.

In the future, she plans to continue her education in Veterinary Nursing.

At home, Brooke has two horses (an Appaloosa and a Paint Horse) and two kittens with her partner. In her spare time, she loves to crochet, draw and look after her ever-growing collection of plants.

Ruby, Trainee Veterinary Nurse

In early 2024, Ruby joined us as a trainee while she studies for her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. A lifelong love for animals has led Ruby to pursue a career caring for them. Growing up, she was surrounded by animals and loved visits to the family farm with cattle and sheep.

Her favourite part of the job is being able to comfort and care for all animals during their visits.

In her spare time, Ruby enjoys camping adventures across the country. She currently has a Cavoodle named Rocky, two cats, and budgies. Rocky, a senior dog, receives plenty of one-on-one attention, mostly in the form of cuddles.
Greyhounds also hold a special place in Ruby’s heart, as she fosters them until they find their forever homes.

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